A reader asked about water filters that increase the pH in your water.
“I am looking at purchasing a water pitcher and wanted to know your opinion of the Turapur water pitcher and if you have evaluated that product.”
Here’s our response:
We Don’t Recommend the Turapur Water Pitcher
Buying a water filter can seem like hard work because there is so much conflicting information. We always recommend that people look for third-party lab test results and read the report to understand how the filter performs.
We don’t recommend the Turapur water filter for several reasons.
Contaminant Filtering is Limited
First, its filter seems to have limited filtering capacity. After looking at their site, we found that the Turapur water filter appears to have an unremarkable carbon filter that seems similar to the Brita filter. We’re not fans of the Brita filter because it is so limited in the contaminants it removes.
The Brita Water Pitcher Filter removes chlorine, mercury, zinc, and cadmium. That’s all. Notice, it doesn’t even remove lead! While the Brita filter is NSF certified which is good, it has a simple carbon filter that does not remove common water contaminants like fluoride, chloramines, pharmaceuticals, arsenic, pesticides, and others.
High pH Water is Just a Selling Point
Second, its main advertised selling point is that it increases your water pH. We have evaluated filters that will change your water pH, and we couldn’t find a solid scientific study on whether drinking high pH water was beneficial or damaging, so we can’t comment on the pH raising aspect of the filter. If it raised the pH AND actually did a good job of filtering your water, then we’d be more likely to recommend it.
Lack of Published Test Results
Finally, the website mentions NSF testing but does not share their test on their site. Not sharing their test results online is a big red flag! NSF testing is great, but only if it certifies what you claim for your filter. The Turapur manufacturer claims the filter removes bad tastes and odors and unfortunately, that just doesn’t mean much. The best water filters make their test results available on their site. After all, if your filter was excellent, then you’d want to share the results with your customers.
In summary, we do not recommend this filter because it doesn’t appear to remove VOCs, SVCs, pesticides, insecticides, heavy metals, fluoride, water disinfectants, pharmaceuticals, arsenic, and the myriad of other contaminants in our water supply today that your water department doesn’t completely reduce to safe levels.
Recommended Water Filters
We do recommend water filters that have their filters tested by a third-party lab and publish the results on their sites. Here are the ones we recommend:
Recommended Countertop Water Filters
This is a long-life filter that is as effective as a reverse osmosis filter in removing VOCs, pesticides, lead and other chemicals, but does not also remove all the beneficial minerals in your water the way a reverse osmosis water filter would. It is portable and easy to install, meets NSF standards, is third-party tested, and they publish their test results.
Austin Springs Countertop Water Filter
This countertop filter is a great value because of its long-life filter, and its easy installation and portability. It is NSF certified to remove up to 60 contaminants like lead and mercury and is third-party tested.
Recommended Under Counter Water Filters
Propur Promax Under Counter Water Filter
Up to 200 contaminants can be removed with this filter, and it doesn’t strip beneficial minerals from your water like a reverse osmosis filter would. The filter lasts for a year, is third-party tested, and meets NSF standards.
Austin Springs Under Counter Water Filter
This filter can remove up to 60 contaminants, meets NSF standards, and is third-party tested. It has a 6-month filter life and is easy to replace. This filter will require either a plumber or a handy homeowner to install.
Recommended Water Pitcher Filter
Propur Water Pitcher Filter
This NSF tested pitcher filters 200 contaminants and holds up to 60 ounces of water. It has a filter life of up to 6 months, is portable, and easy to clean. This model also includes a user-friendly fruit infusion tube.
Recommended Water Container Filters
Traveler Propur Water Filter Container – 1.75 gallons
This simple to assemble filter removes up to 200 contaminants, meets NSF standards, and is third-party tested. It is portable and as effective as a reverse osmosis system at removing contaminants but doesn’t strip your water of important minerals.
Nomad Propur Water Filter Container – 2.1 gallons
The Nomad filters out 200 contaminants from your water and you can add an additional water filter to the system to increase water flow and decrease the amount of time it takes to filter the water. If you are only using 1 filter, this will last up to 6 months, and 2 filters will last up to a year. It is also NSF tested with published test results.
In summary, if you want to have pure drinking water, you should choose a high performing water filter like the ones we recommend. Always look for third-party lab results posted on the site and read the lab reports, so you have an understanding of what contaminants are removed by the filter.
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